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What Happens If You Just Ignore A Skin Cancer Mole
Don't take a chance!: If a mole or any lesion on the skin has been biopsied as a cancer you need to follow through with the recommended treatment. This usually is complete removal by surgical excision. Melanoma kills so have any concerning lesion checked by a dermatologist and if the biopsy comes back as an early melanoma have it excised as this is curative. Don't take a chance. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Cancer is a group of diseases that is characterized by uncontrolled cell growth leading to invasion of surrounding tissues that spread to other parts of the body. Cancer can begin anywhere in the body and is usually related to one or more genetic mutations that allow normal cells to become malignant by interfering with internal cellular control mechanisms, such as programmed cell death or by preventing ...Read more
When in doubt - eval: American academy of dermatology: asymmetry: 1 half is unlike the other. Border: irregular, scalloped or poorly defined. Color: varied with shades of tan, brown or black; or white, red or blue. Diameter: > 6 mm. Evolving: mole /skin lesion looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color. An irregular mole that itches, bleeds or is painful is worrisome for possible cancer. ...Read more
How am i supposed to know if a mole or a freckle is just that or in fact signs of melanoma cancer?
When in doubt - eval: American academy of dermatology: asymmetry: 1 half is unlike the other. Border: irregular, scalloped or poorly defined. Color: varied with shades of tan, brown or black; or white, red or blue. Diameter: > 6 mm. Evolving: mole /skin lesion looks different from the rest or is changing in size, shape or color. An irregular mole that itches, bleeds or is painful is worrisome for possible cancer. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Possibly: In some cases, melanoma can present as an itching mole. If there is any thing left at the site, wether it is pigmented (black or brown) or not (pink), you should see your doctor for a check up and possible biopsy. If there is nothing left but you are still worried, go see your doctor. If there is nothing left and you are fine with it, observe clsoely for any thing that grows back. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Wrong: Most melanomas don't have those traits. A dark mole which has changed in any way should be examined. Typical changes suggesting melanoma include lateral growth, growth in thickness, irregular margins, irregular pigmentation, leaving if pigment beyond the "mole." Not common at your age, but not unprecedented. ...Read more
Get a Derm Consult: Melanoma typically is pigmented and has a dark color. Basal cell cancer may have a pearly appearance to it. However, you should not take a chance trying to diagnosis this yourself. Melanoma is a deadly disease and early detection can lead to a cure. Delayed detection can be fatal. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Moles appearing that i've never seen before. When is it a danger? How do I know if the mole is cancerous? What is the likelihood of it being cancer?
Skin cancer: Clinically, a small skin cancer starts as a small non healing patch or growth. Others start as as a changing or new mole that is typically but not always asymmetrical, irregular bordered , different colors, size larger than a pencil head eraser or that itches bleeds. See a dermatologist for a skin exam yearly or whenever a suspicious area develops. ...Read more
What happens if you remove someone's skin, like a doctor or pathologist would, what do you find underneath?
Just skin? : When a pathologist performs an autopsy, an incision is made through the chest and abdomen so that we can examine the organs and vessels for determine a possible cause of death. If your question is just if the skin is removed, the subcutaneous tissue (fat) is immediately below it and then you will reach skeletal muscle (in most areas). ...Read more
How do I know if a mole is cancer? I have a family member who has a dark black mole that seems to be growing
Stands out: The "ugly duckling sign" that a freckle is suspicious for malignancy is that it looks very different from its neighbors. Rapid growth, several colors, very uneven borders, and bleeding are all familiar warnings as well. One does not want to ignore such a lesion. I admire your proactive approach and wish you luck. ...Read more
If the only way to know if moles or lesions are cancerous is to take a biopsy, what's the purpose of a screening? What if a doctor suspects a mole is normal when it's not? Would it be quick to change?
Can moles get lighter over time without any malignancy? Also, if I get a new tiny mole that looks darker than the others, would that mean malignancy?
No: In general moles do not develop overall depigmentation. Rather halo nevi can be seen . This is a benign skin lesion that is a result of a common melanocytic nevus undergoing an inflammatory process, such that a zone of depigmentation surrounds the nevus. When a melanoma is treated with intralesional BCG regression and depigmentation can be seen with diffuse loss of skin pigment (vitiligo) ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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